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Outdoor events in September, a possible Talent Show in November, and don't forget the Conservation Group on 18th August, more info below.     News of footpath closure, details below
Please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101.  For info, the travellers who were camped on Market Lane have moved on. 

Message from Shotesham Common Trustees.


Photo courtesy of our very own wildlife cameraman, Mike Fenn

Shotesham Common is a wonderful place to be at this time of year. On behalf of the Trustees, I thought I should tell you all that our conservation crazy Chairman Ed Howard has been busy making the common more accessible for visitors. We now have a complete circular path to take you round the church end of the common and it can also be accessed from the back of the pond now. As this part of the common has not been grazed for the last 2 years, the wild flowers have been particularly beautiful, attracting many butterflies, bees and insects. Please do take time to walk the common, sit by the beck and take in the unique surroundings. You never know what you might see. It’s good for the soul. Thanks Ed.

Look out for information in future emails detailing conservation events in the village when you can get involved in keeping Shotesham a great place to live.

Bernie Fenn
Shotesham Common Trustees                Thoughts from a frequent visitor…..

Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674 

The DIARY – Click here

Footpath Closure (Boudicca Way) behind All Saints Church for approx 12 days from 27th August, details can be seen here.

The Shotesham Conservation Area consultation period has concluded and we await the outcome with interest, in the meantime all info can still be found at this link.

Talking of Conservation…..Volunteers are needed to help with conservation cutting and raking up on 18th August from 9.30am (weather permitting) St Mary’s and St Martin’s Churchyards Refreshments and tools will be provided. Wear suitable footwear/gloves. For further information contact Bernie Fenn 558407 email floracot@btinternet.com Look out for further notification of dates in the autumn for sessions at Stubbs Green, 3-Ponds Meadow and the village pond. 

Walking Group News. Excellent picnic walk on Sunday 22nd with lots of hot dogs (non edible!) and people, and a cool shady picnic on the site of the (probably) 12th century Denton Castle, close to Hangman’s Hill! (Click here for info) And we welcomed a new member – Alison – to the group who we’ll hopefully see more of. Next walk on Thursday 6th September, see diary for details.  

Castle picnic, anon….but spot the missing walker!

Unfortunately the picnic event planned for Sunday 12th August has had to be postponed until Sunday 2nd September, apologies for any inconvenience caused. The intention is to have a picnic and rounders afternoon on the playing field from 12.00. All welcome, bring your own provisions, it will of course be weather dependant but fingers crossed the sun will be out!

It’s nearly movie time!! Friday 14th September sees the return of SHOTESHAM SCREEN with the film ‘Lean on Pete’, the story of a 15 year old Charley who has no stability in his life as the son of a single father working in warehouses across the northwest of America. Hoping for a new start Charley takes a job with a washed up horse trainer, finding acceptance and camaraderie as well as developing a friendship with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete. Highly audience acclaimed, full review here. 7.30pm at Shotesham Trinity Hall and tickets available from Raz, 550122 or razwoollacott@gmail.com

With the help of the experts at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Sunday 23rd September will see us going Wild about Shotesham Common! From 2-5pm, it’ll be a great day out for kids of all ages and for anyone who wants to explore the sometimes invisible joys of our common – poster here.  

Discover the amazing wildlife, take part in a guided walk, join in with a minibeast safari, have a go at dyke dipping, make a bird box and explore the common through our treasure hunt. There will a car park in Jeff’s field off Priory Lane at south west end of the common and refreshments will be available in All Saints Church. Lots to do, plenty to see, suitable for all ages, no need to book just turn up on the day. All activities are free (£2 for bird boxes), small charge for refreshments. For more info on NWT events, including ours, visit www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk 

We’re looking for volunteers to assist on the day, and also with some setting up before the event. If you’d like to help, please let us know – Lindsay 550285 / Bernie 558407 or via the Contact Us button at the top of this page. 

In the meantime, see if you can spot any of these……

On the entertainment front, the Barn Dance is back on Saturday 29th September. Once again Mr Howard has generously offered the use of his field for a Ceilidh, with live music,  food, and hopefully weather, included in a meagre ticket price of £12.50 (not £10 as previously advertised….sorry!) and BYOB (bring your own booze, or indeed softer stuff!). Tickets from Ken at resotan@aol.com or 550736.   

And…. a ‘Shotesham’s Got Talent’ event is being considered for  Saturday 24th November. The intention would be to have a fun event in the afternoon/early evening for all ages, so if you can sing / dance / do magic etc and would like to do a turn, please let us know via the Contact Us button or speak to any of the committee members. You don’t have to be the next Ed Sheeran, it’s only for fun! We can only do it if you want to take part. 

Don’t forget that, now the sun is here Shotesham Bowls Club is open for business, for further information call Alan Banham 550574 or John Torbitt 499541.

Bin collection, message from SNC. Each bank holiday we have a few extra missed bins due to confusion over collection days. As South Norfolk Council only collect refuse and rubbish Tuesday to Friday each week, the next Bank Holiday on Monday 27 August will not affect those two collections and there will be no change to rubbish and recycling bin collections (black and green) for that week. Garden Waste collections (brown) will be one day late for all of that week. To check your bin collection days, please visit south-norfolk.gov.uk

All Saints Bell Project. We are planning major improvements to the bells in All Saints church, latest update…    

1. Applied for grant from Shell
2. Provisional start date for work 3 December.
3. We asked for volunteers to help the bell hanger reducing cost by over £5,000. We will need 2 volunteers each work day over a period of, I think, about 3 or 4 weeks. So far I have 10 on my list.
4 Hope some funds will be raised providing teas at the nature event in September.
Thanks very much to SVA and all who have supported us. Click here for more information.

We’re currently in the process of trying to compile a photo library of the recent snow event in and around Shotesham for our archive, if anyone has any photos they wish to share, please send them to Ken- resotan@aol.com 

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local policeman is PC 1200 Stu Sansbury who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, Stu can be contacted on;

• Direct Dial to Poringland PS: 01603 276207  

Local Police info – August Newsletter

News from Norfolk Police Commissioner June 2018 

Consultation on Police and Fire Servicesclick here

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